|photo stolen from www.pierramenta.com (iconic mt. blanc background)|
|powder day racing. i was enough ahead of brian to stop for the pic.|
he dropped the hammer on me on the next climb.
- 210 mens teams started the race
- we were seeded 194 (stupid americans)
- 167 teams finished
- we finished 123 for stage 4
- we finished 143 overall
- I am very glad we did not drop after my brutal cramp-fest on day 1
|FINISHED. give me some soup and coca-cola.|
I got really cold at the top of the final climb/descent. I skipped the hat and I was wet with sweat from the storm and sweat. It took me about thirty minutes of drinking soup and coke to come back from a shivering blubbering low point. I once saw SLC skimo icon Jared Inouye in this state after a race at Targhee and I wondered what it must feel like to be so blown out. Now I know. Good with that.
|Beaufort center town and site of closing ceremonies|
Closing Ceremonies and Lunch:
|Lunch for 5/600 at the local basketball gym|
|A very Savoiard lunch. Cheese grits (polenta with gravy) Sausage,|
Beaufort cheese, unremarkable bread, cheap wine and a very strange tart
We went to the group lunch and had a great meal. Normally I don't like sausage very much but these country French folk really do pork well. Like the race meetings, the whole deal was done in French and we decided to skip out on the ceremonies to avoid the traffic and get back to Chamonix asap. We had coffee in town with the Norwegians and hit the road. It was fun to see the local way of doing ag. They keep their coveted Beaufort cows in windowless barns all winter. I can't imagine how bad those structures must smell. Likely not much worse than the stench of horse piss I deal with nearly every day at home.
Back to Chamonix:
We're back in Cham. I took a long nap and ate a bunch of miso soup that I brought from home and I feel surprisingly well. We went out for Chinese food next to the Aguille du Midi Station and it was your typical Chi-tow stuff. Yummy. Its storming and it looks like powder skiing is up next. I'm pretty sure we'll go skiing tomorrow and Tuesday and I fly home Wednesday. I miss my wife and daughter very much and can't wait to give them a big hug. On the last climb I had a very strange thought for racing. I wanted nothing more at that moment than to be on the couch with Kristeen and Sullivan and to be done with the suffer-fest that was the Pierra Menta.
|inch-an-hour snow storm in cham. this is the original midi tram station|
in chamonix sud. brian's flat is in the top story of this renovated historic
structrue. super cool little piece of history.